It wasn’t until this past January Andrew and I actually began making our apartment into a home. After nearly three years of padding it with sporadic odds and ends, a valiant attempt at a mirage-like fullness, with our Poe impending we found ourselves ferociously thrown into a self-imposed nine-month bout of nesting. A frenzied, yet methodical desire to somehow find and ground ourselves through our aesthetic before his arrival. From repainting every nook in a warm foggy cream to procuring that perfect pair of flannel sheets for optimal lazy weekend morning snuggles, our focus was to fill our four walls with elements definitive of the ‘collective us,’ while mustering that true sense of cozy we could grow together within. So much love and thought went into every corner, it wasn’t until we walked through our doorstep with Poe in tow that the reality and emotional whirlwind of motherhood really struck – that here my Poe was, wiggling and warm in my arms, ready to live and flourish in this perfect nest we’d created for him.
Sunday mornings with Poe are my very favorite – lazy and slow, we’re often up before the sun, the air just starting to smell crisp with the hint of rainbowed leaves. Pipping mug in one hand, my Poe snuggled into the other. Lately we’ve been taking the opportunity to nestle under warm blankets and read stories or sneak in an extra nap, gearing ourselves up for a days worth of adventure ahead. Just as important as our unprocessed breakfasts and skincare routines, Andrew and I are extra-conscious of how we keep our linens clean and soft, knowing our decisions can impact our environment and Poe’s precious baby skin. With a spectrum of brands available, Andrew and I have been most drawn to Babyganics’ line of laundry products, from their gentle lavender detergent to their wool dryer balls – an adorable and more conscious alternative to traditional liquid or paper fabric softeners. Almost as cute as Poe, these little dryer balls are made from wool sourced from humanely raised and US native sheep, are biodegradable and compostable, and expedite drying time, thus using less energy. So our sheets stay comfy cozy and our minds are left at ease.
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Like our perfectly snug flannel sheets, recently I’ve been substituting my morning coffees with a more seasonally inspired, plant based brew- what I fondly refer to as my ‘Must Try Pumpkin Chai.’ Instilling all of those cozy, snuggly feelings with undertones of soothing spice and a necessary pop of caffeine, this simple one-pot chai is made with real pumpkin, naturally sweetening pure maple syrup, and a thick knob of immune boosting fresh ginger, perfect for warding off any impending winter colds. Simultaneously healthful and indulgent, just the way I like it.
Must Try Pumpkin Chai [makes 4 servings]
2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 inch knob fresh ginger
4 teabags chai
In a medium pot, whisk together almond milk, pumpkin, coconut oil, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger until well combined. Add fresh ginger and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep teabags for 6 minutes. Squeeze out all excess liquids from teabags, then discard with ginger. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving]
118 Calories, 8.5g Fat, 10.5g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 7.5g Sugar, 1g Protein
And because not all of us are ‘chai sipping people,’ this pipping cuppa can easily be used as your base for the dreamiest autumn overnight oats. Think luscious pumpkin pie meets morning bliss, these simple two-step oats screams warming spice indulgence while boasting a mornings worth of protein, fiber, health promoting fats, and completely unprocessed ingredients. I serve mine topped with a heaping dollop of peanut butter and a sprinkle of grain free granola for crunch.
Must Try Pumpkin Chai Soaked Oats [makes 4 servings]
1 recipe Must Try Pumpkin Chai (see above)
2 cups rolled oats
In a large airtight Tupperware, combine Must Try Pumpkin Chai with rolled oats, being sure oats are well coated. Cover Tupperware and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours – overnight, or until oats are very soft and most of Chai mixture has been absorbed. Divide into 4 bowls (or 4 airtight Tupperware for later munching), top with your favorite toppings, serve, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving]
270 Calories, 11.5g Fat, 38g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 8.5g Sugar, 6g Protein
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